DALEY DOMINATES PROCEEDINGS AT STADIUM SPORTING OCCASION
29 Sep 2005
The 47-year-old set benchmark after benchmark in the gruelling ten-eventer. His first major international title came at the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada in 1978. A new world record and the first of two Olympic titles followed in Moscow in 1980 and subsequently in Los Angeles in 1984. His determination and unparalled competitive ability allowed him to dictate proceedings in his event until injury forced his retirement in 1992.
Since his departure from the competitive decathlon circuit, Thompson has been a vociferous advocate of sports participation and of healthy and active living in general - never more so than when undertaking his role as ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
"The hard work starts now," he said. "Hosting the 2012 Olympic Games won’t solve our problems with inactivity but it does give us the opportunity to get kids connected to sport and their own health and wellbeing once again. Everyone has a duty to fulfil - parents, the Government and teachers. We have to get behind children and encourage them to be inspired by this massive event."
A notion echoed by the Sports Council for Wales and the Holland House Movement at the stadium event. Guests from BME communities were given an open floor to voice the sporting issues that affect them with the First Minister Rhodri Morgan, representatives from local authorities and with former and current athletes, which included ex World Indoor 400m champion, Jamie Baulch.
Local development officers were also given the opportunity to showcase examples of successful local projects and the successes achieved by local partners and volunteers on the ground that have inspired people in BME rich communities to take to the tracks and fields that surround them.
Dr Olinga Ta’eed from the Holland House Movement said: